Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 Academy Awards Nominees Announced

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and I'm happy TO READ that I'm not the only one who was completely underwhelmed by the films of the past 12 months. Truth be told, I was only able to work up the energy to see one of the nominees -- "Spotlight" -- which was good but didn't strike me as being anything Academy Award-worthy. Even the documentaries, which I usually cannot get enough of, left me cold, although I know I should give Amy and Nina a chance. Let me know if you think I'm missing out on something big.

I had been invited to a screening of "Carol" but couldn't make it. My friend who did go gave this review, which was enough for me to wait for cable ...
The movie was pretty good. Gorgeous to look at cuz it was filmed in Super 16mm and costumes were by Sandy Powell. I thought Rooney Mara (sp?) was great, but Cate overacted a smidge at times—You can never take your eyes off her, but I wonder if she's better calibrated for the stage.

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Tom Hady – The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo – Spolight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best Director
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamsson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Best Original Screenplay
Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton
Best Adapted Screenplay
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donoghue, Room
Ed Lachman, Carol
Robert Richardson, The Hateful 8
John Seale, Mad Max Fury Road
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Roger Deakins, Sicario
Best Original Score
Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol
Ennio Morricone, Hateful Eight
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars the Force Awakens
Costume Design
Sandy Powell, Carol
Sandy Powell, Cinderella
Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl
Jenny Beavan, Mad Max Fury Road
Jacqueline West, The Revenant
Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent
Son of Saul
A War
Best Makeup
Mad Max Fury Road
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant
Film Editing
The Big Short
Mad Max
The Revenant
Star Wars The Force Awakens
Original Song
Earned It from Fifty Shades of Grey (The Weeknd)
Simple Song #3 from Youth (David Lang)
Writing On The Wall from Spectre (Sam Smith)
Til It Happens To You from The Hunting Ground (Diane Warren and Lady Gaga) Manta Ray from Racing Extinction
Animated Feature Film
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep
When Marnie Was There
Animated Short Film
Bear Story
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow
Live Action Short Film
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Ok
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Best Documentary Short
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond The Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah
Last Day Of Freedom
Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars the Force Awakens
Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sound Editing
Mad Max Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars The Force Awakens
Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars The Force Awakens


Blobby said...

Carol was wonderfully cast (mostly), beautifully shot, great costumes.......and not much of a story.

Dwight Williamson said...

Maybe Leo wins this time, to make up for Gilbert Grape ?!

dishy said...

You must watch AMY!

goodshotgreen said...

George "Pig in the City" Miller for Best Director f*** yeah!

And Morricone for Best Score. Them's my two hopefuls.

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